Evers' order calls for planting 75 million trees before 2031🌳

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MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Gov. Tony Evers has issued an executive order directing the Department of Natural Resources to plant 75 million trees by the end of 2030.

Evers issued the order Thursday in recognition of Earth Day. He said in the order that planting trees in urban and rural areas is one of the best ways to combat climate change.

“We value our forests for clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and wood products. Wisconsin’s 17 million acres of forests are also a crucial tool in our fight to slow climate change if they remain as healthy, working forests,” Gov. Evers said. “Our climate is changing at a pace faster than at any time known in history. Sustainably managing Wisconsin forests will not only generate climate change mitigation benefits, but also contributes $24.4 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy, supports the health of our citizens and helps maintain the high quality of life that defines our state.”

Evers said in a news release touting the order that the new trees will store 28.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years.

The order also calls on the DNR to collaborate with unnamed public, private and non-governmental partners to conserve 125,000 acres of forestland by the end of 2030.

Read the complete tree pledge online HERE

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